We've been hitting Ben Howland pretty hard (justifiably so) for his failures over the last four years, but it's worth noting that Normal Powell had some really positive things to say in reaction to the recent news that Howland will be returning for the 2012-2013 season:
"A lot of people have a lot to say about coach Howland, but he's a good coach," freshman Norman Powell said. "He knows what he's talking about. Yeah, we didn't win as many games and yeah, some people are upset at the calls he makes and timeouts and everything like that, but, I mean, he's been here
"He's been the the Final Fours, he's gotten players to the NBA. He knows what he's talking about. He knows what he's doing. He's not doing anything to hurt his players. He wants all his players to succeed so I'm really happy that he's coming back next year."
This is especially noteworthy because many members of this community, including me, think that Howland has been playing favorites with Lamb at the expense of Powell, and there has been speculation that Powell might not be happy. So it's good to hear that Powell is happy and interesting to hear what he has to say. Most of Bruins Nation would have agreed with this until recently. We'll see if Howland can meet this community's reasonable expectations going forward. In the meantime, keep up the heat on the Chancellor and on Chianti Dan, as that's the only way to fix the larger problems in the Athletic Department.